Donovan Hanna, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end and defensive tackle out of American Leadership Academy in Queen Creek, AZ has committed to play for Kalani Sitake at BYU. Hanna will be the first athlete out of American Leadership Academy to play D-1 football.
It’s likely the Cougars are recruiting Hanna as a tight end, given that offensive coordinator Ty Detmer is making a big push to rebuild the tight end position at the Y. Hanna joins Isaac Rex and Tanner Baker as the third tight end prospect to commit to BYU for 2017. At least three other 2017 tight end prospects also have offers.
Hanna is not a highly recruited prospect and has not been rated by any of the recruiting sites. Despite that, BYU extended an offer to Hanna back in May hoping that they may have themselves a hidden gem. BYU is Hanna’s only D-1 offer, but he has seen interest from Colorado, Northern Arizona, and San Diego State.
Hanna’s current offensive coordinator at American Leadership Academy is former BYU quarterback and graduate assistant, Max Hall. Hall seemed to be pretty excited about the news.
Here are some highlights of Hanna from one of his games this past season: